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lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 2:53 PM

I'M IN A DINNER RUT

I'm making my grocery list. I need dinner recipes that are fairly fast since I don't get home until about 5:45. Also, I recently found out that I have inherited my family's diabetes and despite working out like a maniac, losing 17 lbs, and taking medication, my glucose readings are still too high so nothing high carb.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

(grocery shopping sucks)

achad
Achad  (Level: 204.1 - Posts: 661)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 3:02 PM

Vodka!

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 3:03 PM

You always make me smile. Unfortunately, vodka makes me barf.

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 3:19 PM

I was diagnosed two years ago with type 2 and have had some success and a few failures with with diet adjustments. On the plus side I have found the "Betty Crocker Diabetes Cookbook" very helpful and I should use it more often than I do. It has fast simple low-carb/sugar recipes that a person can actually eat and enjoy. I have substituted Splenda in a lot of mainstream recipes with mixed but usually acceptable results. Something to avoid by all means are bagels. Wanna blow up your glucometer,,,eat a bagel. Good old healthy cereal is another elevator if you eat any more than the ridiculous "serving size". I also found that you can easily go too far with the low-carb thing. Early on I had a few spells with low sugar. I didn't know too much about it and suddenly I got dizzy and sweaty and started vibrating like a cheap sex toy. My wife who is an RN took my blood sugar and it was 49. Of course I had to push her off my lap. Scary! Nasty way too earn a Snickers bar. Luckily I have found that alcohol doesn't make too big a difference but I did have to cut back, damn it!

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 3:19 PM

Really sorry about the diabetes, Lodi. My best friend was just diagnosed and trying to food shop is ten times worse, and corn syrup is hidden in EVERYTHING.

I go nuts just trying to shop for John's gout.

achad
Achad  (Level: 204.1 - Posts: 661)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 3:21 PM

Alopurinol: One a day keeps the gout away!!!!!!

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 3:29 PM

Scott's dad just had a toe removed because of gout.

LOL Donden.

I'm not much of a pasta or bread eater so that hasn't affected me. But I want some damn ice cream! And the ripoff is that just because it says sugar free doesn't make it carb free. Right now, I'm allowed 45 carbs per meal. A reading of 49 is scary. My lowest was 71 and I felt really weird. My latest trip to the dr resulted in additional medication and he said I now have to be really careful of low readings. Great.

The plus side is that I'm really enjoying the weight loss and my boss lets me go to the gym every morning and get to work late. Its nice to have that kind of support but I'm sure sick of the same old meals.

I haven't drank since this summer when I drank Mike's Hard Lemonade and barfed my guts out on the float and that whole night. I can't imagine what it must have done to my blood sugar, but I didn't know then.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.7 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 4:41 PM

When I was in a similar situation, widowed by diabetes, mind you, someone thoughtfully gave me this cookbook by Marian Burros

http://www.amazon.com/Twenty-Minute-Menus-Time-Wise-Recipes-Strategic/dp/0684801353

I still make some of these recipes regularly - Ginger-lemon chicken (but I use lime), Mustard-lime Pork Chops, Tunisian Chicken. I make the Tuna Pasta Salad with Sherry-Basil Vinaigrette at least once a week; it is my favorite dish to assemble for lunch on the trails after hiking 2 hours up to some gorgeous pinnacle.

If I may speak to diabetes, you don't need to go on a crash diet. You need to develop eating habits that will enable you to lose weight gradually (if you are overweight) and live healthfully a long time. Mary Tyler Moore is diabetic and still going strong at 72.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 4:50 PM

Thanks. I don't crash diet. I follow the plan my dietitian created for me, and it works. Coupled with my workout regime, that is. But I'm not complaining about the workout. I would spend 8 hours a day in the gym, if I could. My doctor has sent me to 3 days of diabetes school (I feel like I got a DUI or something), 3 meetings with a dietitian, and 3 meetings with an exercise physiologist.

And on my own, I document every glucose reading, every single thing that goes in my mouth, and every single workout activity in fitday.com. Its amazing how easy it is to overdo when you aren't keeping track of everything.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 210.8 - Posts: 5883)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 5:22 PM

Simple recipe that sounds nuts but it is great. Take some thick pork chops and lay them on a bed of fresh sage, thyme, whatever herb you like the most....salt and pepper and lay more of the herbs on top....and merely steam them for around nine minutes. That's it. The taste is divine. They are NOT greasy at all and very flavorful.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.7 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 5:40 PM

3 days of diabetes school, 3 meetings with a dietitian, and 3 meetings with an exercise physiologist ????

That sounds like a plan for a semi-functional idiot, not you.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 5:50 PM

I have learned some valuable things, but yeah, for the most part, I sit and drum my fingers knowing how much work is piling up on my desk. They have admitted that I'm not the typical diabetes patient, especially the exercise physiologist. Most of the people in my classes are much older, way bigger, and look like they live off of junk food. I think all the education is geared towards those who need the biggest lifestyle changes.

But I'm glad I went as the dietitian was very helpful in showing me how to make changes in my diet that matter. I actually will have my 3rd and last class on Tuesday. This particular class is supposed to cover heart health.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.7 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 5:57 PM

As I suspected.

lucimoore
Lucimoore  (Level: 183.1 - Posts: 1683)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 6:32 PM

Keep glucose tabs and a gel tube in your purse at all times. (Instruction from EMT after a 32 reading left me sitting on the sidewalk in a heap) Hopefully you'll never need to use them but sugar crashes are not fun and are indeed very dangerous. Medicine adjustment should take care of it. Learning what half cup servings, deck of cards size portions of meat and water for my beverage has kept my A1C below 6 for several years now. Weight control and exercise are my constant challenges now but hopefully will be totally released by the orthopedic surgeon soon to start serious gym work again. Just have to make my brain cooperate.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.1 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 7:19 PM

We have a gym here that you can hire a nutritionist to go shopping with you. That's a neat idea for those who are really confused about what to eat. Different diseases and exercise habits might dictate different choices.

As to your dinner dilemma (why do I always have to look up words with double letters? that is so weird...) try different flavors of marinade on chicken. It's such a versatile meat that you can marinade it in a variety of flavors and get something new, quickly and easily.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 8:04 PM

Thanks Cindy. I've been completely faithful to my new diet and working out, and its really paying off. I was a 7.1, premedicine, so I'm anxious to see what it is at my next appt.

I hope you can start working out soon.

The whole deck of card size piece of meat is pretty discouraging. When my dietitian told me I didn't need to eat as much protein as I do, I reacted like she slapped me across the face. I can do without the sweets, I can do without the pasta & bread, but cutting down on my grilled ribeyes is just pushing it a little too far.

lucimoore
Lucimoore  (Level: 183.1 - Posts: 1683)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 8:33 PM

It really just boils down to live or die. The great thing is you get to make the choice. I still enjoy rib eye but stop with a couple of bites and also enjoy a wonderful Creme Brulee and coffee with friends and I don't stop with a couple of bites but smaller portions and water with lime to drink become a way of life that is just that, a way of life. I can't tolerate Diet Coke anymore and was addicted to it. Three weeks off made it taste way flat and too sweet to drink. It's really a balance of protein, carbs, and yes fat as I'm sure you're learning. Good luck.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 8:45 PM

They didn't make me give up my Diet Coke. I would need therapy, I think.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 154.7 - Posts: 2478)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 8:52 PM

Wow, I've learned a lot in this thread! You guys rock! Lodi, with you attitude, you are going to be fine! Keep up the good work, all of you!


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